As at Monday May 5, 2014
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| OFFSHORE: Well, despite
the rapid drop in temperature brought on by the south westerlies in the
latter half of the week, the mackerel are still here, and still in excellent
numbers. The water temp hasn't changed too much yet, and the fish are feeding
deeper where the warmer water layers are, so there's still life in the season
yet. Those anglers who got out early over the weekend deserved to fill their
eskies because they had to put up with some real arctic conditions around
first light. Our southern brethren laugh when we complain about the cold
but it seems as if we've shifted from summer to winter in the blink of an
Three of the lads from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club targeted The Hards on Thursday where they bagged out on hussar and almost reached their limit on venus tusk fish. They also boated a good number of pearl perch, a few Maori cod and a couple of Spanish mackerel. Closer in, North Reef continued to produce Spanish and spotted mackerel in numbers. Lots of berley was the secret and most of the fish were taken deep on weighted pilchard floaters. Above we have Colin Boggis, Chris Attard, Jed Garvey, Ethan Boggis, Ben Howell and Pam Howell with some of the fish boated on Thursday's Trekka 2 charter.
And we mustn't forget the bottom bashers. James Cotterill from Canberra (above) is pictured with a 7kg gold spot cod that he boated on the same T2 charter.
Cougar One worked North Reef on Friday and came back with a bin load of Spanish and spotted mackerel. There were more than enough of these 5kg to 7kg fish for everyone (even the camera man) and we once again resisted the temptation to go for the 'two fish each' photo. Just too hard to coordinate. Pictured above; Colin Morley, Loretta Smulders, Anthony Ambrosini, Justin Casey, Phil Smulders and Rick Barrett with just a few of the fish boated.
Other species on the bite at North were; pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, snapper, shiny mackerel and the odd scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai. Anthony Ambrosini (above) was very happy with the decent size nannygai (and the Spaniards) that he boated on Friday's Cougar One charter.
|Sunshine Reef and the waters north and south
of there were certainly worth a look with mackerel tuna and northern bluefin
tuna hammering the baitfish from opposite the headland down to Sunrise and
beyond. Toby Cooke (above left) nailed his 10kg longtail (and a couple of
other smaller tuna) with a well cast 25gm metal slug lure not far out from
Sunrise Beach on Saturday afternoon. This quality fish also won him the
Fish of the Week prize.
Sweetlip were also in good numbers on Sunshine Reef this week. Mitch Tippit from Noosaville (above right) boated his grassy there on Wednesday morning.
There were a lot of small boats in Laguna Bay chasing the bait boils and the associated tuna and mackerel. Northern bluefin tuna, Spanish mackerel and mack tuna were all present and trolled, cast and jigged metal slug lures worked well on the days that they were firing. Lester Phelps from Sydney (above) caught and released a mega load of mack tuna in the bay yesterday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris 'Light Line and Lure' charter. Apart from that, Jew Shoal was the spot for pan size snapper and the odd longtail tuna (to 10kg) while Big Hall's Reef yielded some top quality grass sweetlip.
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